Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq

by RED International
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Relief for 1900 displaced families - Northern Iraq
Children carrying bags of vegetables.
Children carrying bags of vegetables.

Bozan Produce Project
Our partner Operation Mercy met the urgent need of food in the village of Bozan by providing 6 kg of nutritious fruit and vegetables to 701 families in Bozan, once a week, for 8 weeks. The project met a need which became a higher priority as the World Food Program drastically cut the out-of-camp food distributions in half, due to lack of funding. The food provisions added nutritional content to their diet that they wouldn't have been able to obtain otherwise. For IDP's who are struggling to provide for their family, the produce distributions alleviated some of that burden for those who didn't know where their next meal was coming from.

Garmawa Produce Project
Our partner began the Garmawa Fresh Produce Project at the recommendation of the World Food Program, UNHCR and the Governorate of Dohuk. The World Food Program wanted to see more diverse food distributions in Garmawa to supplement the dry goods they provided. UNHCR advised OPM that Garmawa camp’s security restrictions hindered the food security of residents, and Dohuk Governate was looking for iNGO partners in Garmawa camp, Ninewa province, calling it the region’s most underserved camp. Operation Mercy distributed fruit and vegetables once a week, for 13 weeks in Garmawa. In total, 307 families were served by a total distribution of approximately 21 tons of fresh produce.

Medical Clinic Partnership
Several ancient churches in Dohuk run the Mar Narsai Charity Health Clinic for Refugees, providing free, high-quality healthcare regardless of religious or ethnic background. Operation Mercy partnered with this clinic by contributing towards the purchase of a high-quality ultrasound machine enabling specialists to administer free, on-the-spot tests needed for accurate diagnoses.

Gymnastics Camp
Operation Mercy facilitated a gymnastics camp for 50 children between the ages of 7-12 in Waar City in the Dohuk Governorate of Iraq. The project accomplished its goal of offering Syrian refugee children an active and creative outlet to relieve stress and interact positively with their peers. The majority of the current members of the Waar City community are refugees from Syria. A partner organization happily told OPM that the attendance at the local school increased during the week of the gymnastics project.

Further Support for the Project
We are very grateful to the Isle of Man Government's International Development Committee for a second grant for the relief work in Northern Iraq. Operation Mercy will use these funds for the provision of food packs and hygiene supplies and if required Non-food items for Winterization to Internally Displaced People (IDP) and refugees in urgent need. The situation is constantly changing with some resources provided through the UN. The actual needs on the ground will be assessed by meeting with community leaders in the area where this project will be focused.

This project is in a new location where there are 800 Syrian Families and 400 IDP families. The aim is to meet the most relevant and felt needs of this community by doing three distributions of food packets and hygiene kits. This location was identified after an informal needs assessment done through a medical clinic and people that work there. The initial goal would be to do a distribution each month at the end of November, December, and January. 

Thank you to all who have supported this project so far your donations have been very much appreciated. As Northern Iraq heads towards winter the need is still very urgent to support families there and provide them with items which will help them to remain in the region. Please share this report with others and encourage them to consider supporting the project as we head towards the end of 2015.

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Children carrying  bags of vegetables.
Children carrying bags of vegetables.

Operation Mercy in Northern Iraq distributed fruit and vegetables for eight weeks in the small village of Bozan in April and May 2015. Bozan has been flooded with IDP's (Internally Displaced People) seeking refuge from ISIS. This distribution was made possible thanks to a grant received from the Isle of Man Government International Development Committee.

Each week around 700 bags, each with 6 KG of nutritious fruit and vegetables was distributed, one bag to each family. Each IDP family living in Bozan (mainly IDP's, plus about 120 vulnerable families-mostly widows-from the host community) received a bag of produce. Our partners felt that it was important to give to the vulnerable and neediest in order to bless the host community. The number of recipients increased slightly from week to week. The families were thankful to receive fresh fruit and vegetables, which they used to cook nutritious food.

The initial plans for the project had been to help 500 families but in the end around 700 families received the bags of fruit and vegetables representing 3700 individual beneficiaries. The initial plan had been to distribute food packs with dry goods. However due to the changing nature of need in IDPs, our partner decided to meet the basic need of food with fruit and vegetables in order to supplement the dry goods IDPs had received from the World Food Program.

One young man was attending university in Mosul, and aspiring to become a surgeon when his direction changed. When the destruction of ISIS swept into Mosul and later into his home town of Sinjar he piled into the back of a pickup with 30 people leaving behind all of his medical books but escaping with his life. One of 9 children, his family now lives in an unfinished house in a small village. There is no work for them and their future is now very uncertain. The vegetables and fruit distributed by Operation Mercy helped to supplement the food allowance they share to sustain their large family.

The World Food Program has now drastically decreased their distributions of staple food items in recent months due to budget constraints. As the amount of non-perishable food they receive has decreased, the IDP families were especially appreciative of the fresh produce as many do not have enough food to eat and cannot afford to buy fruit and vegetables.

As a result of the success and at the request of the World Food Program and the UNHCR, our partner is replicating this project in the most underserved formal IDP camp in the region.

The funds from the grant received have now been used up and so more funding is need in order for these displaced families to continue to receive this kind of food distribution.

Thank you for partnering with us to bring such a tangible benefit to these needy families in Northern Iraq.

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Bags of vegetables ready for distribution
Bags of vegetables ready for distribution

Funds sent by RED International in to Northern Iraq in February were already making a difference on the ground by the end of March 2015.

Our partners were able to purchase and distribute 5,000 kg of vegetables and fruit to approximately 500 families of internally displaced people living in a village in the region. Each family received 10 kg of produce. They received 2 kg of apples, 2 kg of Tomatoes, 2 kg of potatoes, 2 kg of carrots, and 2 kg of onions.

The nutritious vegetables were given to the internally displaced (refugee) families just before the biggest celebrated holiday of the year, Nowruz. The families were thankful for the produce as they were able to use the produce to cook food for celebrations and picnics with their families.

Our partners are continuing to provide support to families in the region. These families are still unable to return home because of the ongoing conflict.

It is clear that they will need practical support for quite some time as well as on-going support to rebuild their lives and care for their children.

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RED International

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire - United Kingdom
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RED International
Andrew Sinclair
Project Leader:
Andrew Sinclair
Oswestry, Shropshire United Kingdom

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